Schools need funding and kids need more help than they can get in the average classroom, but Marin educational programs are on the case and ready to provide assistance. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Slide Ranch (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Educational Nonprofit picks see below.
Our 2023 Philanthropy category sponsor is Chambers + Chambers.
We’ve broken it down by region: Southern, Central, and Northern Marin.
For college prep, look no further than Bridge the Gap. They focus on SAT, ACT and similar exams, as well as writing application essays to make sure you stand out when applying for universities.
636 Nevada St Room #10, Sausalito
The natural environment of the Bay Area is truly beautiful and transformative, and Slide Ranch aims to provide as many opportunities to learn about the coast as possible. They partner with various community organizations and educators to encourage students to come outside and explore.
2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, 415.381.6155
Many students who come from low-income households have a difficult time getting into college, oftentimes simply because of application fees. 10,000 Degrees provides equity-focused scholarships that support thousands of students across the Bay Area, and believes in every student each step of the way.
1401 Los Gamos Dr Suite 205, San Rafael, 415.459.4240
Enriching Lives Through Music believes that each child should have the opportunity to explore their passion for music. They provide tuition-free programs to enable students from any economic background to get an education in the arts.
2955 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, 415.870.9005
Each child needs their own advocate. Marin CASA is here to assign a volunteer to every child that is faced with the unfortunate challenge of dealing with foster care or the court system, someone who forms a bond with that child and can stand up for their best interests.
1401 Los Gamos Dr STE 130, San Rafael, 415.785.3862
Marin Girls Chorus provides multiple levels of education and coaching for young girls who love to sing. With their scholarship programs and lack of gatekeeping, there’s no reason not to sign up for a free introductory lesson and see if it’s what your daughter needs.
Instead of focusing solely on the child, the Parent Services Project aims to address the entire family, building up the strengths and skills of the parent. They promote family literacy, support parent engagement in schools, and encourage participation in their child’s education.
79 Belvedere St, San Rafael, 415.454.1870
SchoolsRule-Marin is here to make sure that all public school students have access to the same high quality programs, no matter which zip code they happen to live in. They fund public schools across the county to help even out the playing field.
150 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 415.339.9336
RISE Scholars is focused on lifting up students at Hamilton School, trying to address the lack of opportunities and underfunding that Hamilton struggles with. Their goal is to build a strong foundation to make sure these K-8 students can go on to higher education with wind in their sails.